Saturday, October 30, 2010

Halloween Cupcake

The other day a family friend stopped by and so thoughtfully brought Buga a cupcake - a Halloween cupcake. She, of course, LOVES cupcakes and waited very patiently to eat it (after lunch). We both shared a little taste of the icing before hand, though, just to see what we were waiting for! :) YUMMY! Thanks, Tom!


A Very Satisfied Customer

Leaf Hunt Part 2

We took the leaves from our Leaf Hunt and made simple Autumn Collages using double-sided laminate sheets to make it easy for little hands to stick and keep. I taped one sheet down on the table...

while Buga placed the leaves where she wanted them (everywhere!)

She made sure to "push them down" by gently rubbing her fingers overtop the leaf onto the sticky paper.

When she was done, and away playing, I stuck the other sheet on top.

I trimmed the edges where leaves stuck out or the sticky part showed through. We hung them on our storm door where they are see-through aside from the leaves. She likes showing everyone who comes in her artwork and I like seeing a little part of nature, and our handy-work every time I open my front door! :)

Friday, October 29, 2010

We're Going on a Leaf Hunt

We're Going On a Leaf Hunt, We're Looking for Some Leaves....We're Going On a Leaf Hunt, We're Looking for Some Leaves....


Buga and I decided to go for a Fall stroll through the city to collect some leaves. We each had our own bag, and we collected different shapes, colors, and sizes of leaves. It was fun to get out on such a fantastic Fall afternoon. Buga loves running about. I love letting her get her energy out. It was fun to walk around so leisurely.

Buga wanted to bring her magnifying glass to more closely inspect the leaves.
She also wanted to bring her dog because she felt he needed a walk.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Plan Toys Stacking Cone

This is one of those toys I purchased one clearance somewhere and am sooooo happy I was in the right place at the right time. Plan Toys is one of my absolute favorite companies for toys (when we don't make things ourselves). I wish I had had this toy earlier because I think even as a young toddler she would have enjoyed and learned from it. She still plays with the pieces and puts it together. We build the puzzle and also use the pieces to create different shapes and build. It's a great alternative to the regular plastic rings on the stick baby toy most toy chests have.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Buga's New Friend

We are so happy to announce that we are expecting a new little one in the Spring - sometime in May !!
Buga has already noticed the baby bump and is excited to be a big sister.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Ocean City

With Poppop on the Scrambler

We had lots of fun on the Boardwalk in Ocean City this Summer. Of course we ate boardwalk fries, pizza, and milkshakes...but Buga actually had fun this year playing games in the arcade : like SkeeBall (My favorite) !! She REALLY enjoyed the RIDES this year which was just so fun and magical to watch. She had no fear and wanted to try whatever she could. And she would put her little hands up in the air --- I don't even know where she learned this from --- but soon all the other little kids would follow her lead! It was hilarious. She is very tall for her age, so there isn't much she's not allowed to ride...I don't know if this is a good thing or bad!

With Uncle Robert on the Tea Cups

On the Rocket
When you pushed down the joystick it would go up in the air
and when you pulled it up it would go down

With Mama on the Car Whip

On the Blue Rocket
Putting her hands up!

We went on a morning bike ride on the boards...
Buga sat in the front basket
of our 4 wheel bike - car - thing.
A beautiful day!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Pumpkin Faces

Oh the many faces you can create with a pumpkin...if only you don't carve it! Because we picked our pumpkin from the farm so early this year, I decided we shouldn't carve it if we wanted it to stay good until Halloween. Then I remembered I bought this "mr. potato head" like pumpkin set last year because Buga wasn't big enough to carve. Needless to say, it's been a HUGE hit in our house. I leave the pumpkin out on her learning table and just about every day she switches out the pieces to create a new monster pumpkin face! So cute! What a great way to keep the pumpkin around for a while...

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Pom Poms

I know I have posted about Pom Poms before but we still use ours for this project so I thought I would post some new pictures and mention it again. It's a great way to help build fine motor skills and color coding and pattern making. All you need are some Pom Poms, a tray, and a pair of chopsticks (this one has a child helper to make it easier for Buga - but you could also use tongs).

Monday, October 18, 2010

Please Touch Museum September 2010

I know I've posted about museums before...and the Please Touch Museum, for sure! We continue to go back and enjoy this special museum time and time again. Here we are enjoying the Rhythmic Rain Forest...the Frogs are kind of like a Xylophone. So much fun!


We got to go on the carousel 2 times in a row because no one else was there!
Buga LOVES riding the bunny rabbit when we go.

Here we are playing in the Hospital Nursery.
We were taking care of all the new little ones.
Buga wanted to listen to baby's heart beat, take her temperature, give her medicine, and a shot.

Look how cool this balance beam is!!
They are separate pieces that you connect together to make a beam.
Buga LOVES the beam, so this was a fun project for her ...
and will be going on our Christmas List, for sure!!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Numbers Chart

This is a really cool Number Chart I found at the Dollar Store. It was a two pack. A Number Chart and an Alphabet Chart were included. I bought two of them and cut one set up. I laminated both the big chart as well as the cut outs and Buga uses them as a large format matching / puzzle game. I am a member at LakeShore Learning and can laminate things for about 29c per linear foot!! (Which is WAY less expensive than Staples or Kinkos...which charges about $2.75 per SQUARE foot!! -- that's a huge difference!) Needless to say she loves matching these very large pieces. We have fun counting all the little items in the pictures, too. I am sure I will post the Alphabet set when I take pictures of her using that one, too. It was inexpensive, simple, but a great little learning tool.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Bath Time Fun : Ping Pong Balls

An ever so simple tub toy with endless open-ended play possibilities : Ping Pong Balls. You can shoot 'em in a basket, bounce them off the walls, watch them float, catch them with a "net", push them under and watch them "pop up"...let your imagination float freely!

I bought an inexpensive plastic kitchen strainer with a handle that Buga uses as a "net" to "catch the Ping Pong Fish!" She loves doing this while counting them. She also took her bath crayons and drew on some of them! Brilliant!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Fresh Farm Picked Corn

The Season for corn here is from May to my experience the corn from August through September is the plumpest, juiciest, sweetest ever. Here, Buga is enjoying a piece of delicious, local, farm fresh corn on the cob. I love when we can stop at the local farm stand and pick out our own fruits and veggies - in season. You can't beat it!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Dinner Distraction : Fish Frolic in Action

Here is the Rainbow Fish Frolic in action. We were out to dinner and this proved to be a good distraction while we waited for our food!


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Each little fishy measures 4.5” long and about 3” tall. There is stabilizer inside to give it a bit of structure. One side is a color cotton fabric while the other is cream-colored muslin with a coordinating number appliqu├ęd. There is a washer* sewn inside so the fish can be “caught.” Numbers: 1-10. Colors: Pink, Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple, Brown, Black, and White. (In that order, so if you get the Color Sorting Set to coordinate, all the numberswill line up!)Fishing Rod : is approximately a foot long with a dowl rod inside for stability. The fishing “line” is about 30” long. The “bait” is a strong magnet* so it can hook each little fish.

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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Flower Shaker - Fine Motor Skill Activity

I a similar idea on one of my favorite blogs : Little Hands Big Work . I found this big shaker at the dollar store and used pipe cleaners and flower buttons to coordinate. It turned out to be a great "arrangement" - using fine motor skills to both thread the flowers onto their stems...and thread the stems into the shaker for a beautiful bouquet. Buga really enjoyed doing this and displaying it at on the counter.